Memphis is known for a lot of things ... Graceland, Sun Studios, and barbecue among them. Also on the list is native son and pop culture phenom Justin Timberlake. From his early days on the updated version of The Mickey Mouse Club, Timberlake was a star among stars. (Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling, and JC Chasez were all on the show with him.)
Once out of the Disney fray, Timberlake and Chasez came together again for *NSYNC alongside Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, and Chris Kirkpatrick. Between their smooth moves and even smoother harmonies, the boy band exploded onto the scene in 1998 and didn't let up for three years and three albums.
Enjoying the spotlight and wanting it to shine a bit brighter on himself, Timberlake branched out as a solo artist in 2001. His first set – Justified – dropped in late 2002 and did gonzo business (#2 on the Billboard 200) for the multi-talented lad with hit singles including "Like I Love You" and "Cry Me a River."
Millions of young girls swooned at just the thought of young Justin. Teaming up with the Black Eyed Peas on their “Where Is the Love?” single and Aguilera for a co-headlining tour continued his fondness for collaboration.
Justin also performed with Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show in 2004. The performance really put Timberlake on the map thanks to the legendary “wardrobe malfunction” that involved Jackson's breast being exposed after Justin ripped her top off.
Timberlake forged on, taking home two Grammy Awards that same month – Best Pop Vocal Album for Justified and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Cry Me a River." He was forced to apologize for the Super Bowl incident as a condition of appearing on the Grammy show.
After that, Justin began focusing his energies on acting more than music. Roles in films like Alpha Dog and Black Snake Moan showed a darker, edgier side to the former Mouseketeer.
Back on the music front, Timberlake issued FutureSex/LoveSounds in 2006 and brought “SexyBack.” Two more Grammy Awards came his way – Best Male Pop Performance for "What Goes Around...Comes Around" and Best Dance Recording for "LoveStoned/I Think She Knows."